Label: Virgin - CDV 2860,Virgin - 7243 8 44762 2 9 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: Taiwan • Genre: Hip Hop, Funk / Soul, Pop • Style: Contemporary R&B
The album was released on October 7, through Virgin Buddy Tate, Milt Buckner, Wallace Bishop - Midnight Slows N° 1. Upon experiencing an emotional breakdownJackson began facing a long-term case of depression.
She in turn developed her new record as a concept albumusing introspection as its theme. Its title is a metaphor for emotional boundaries, as well as an allusion to an individual's need to feel special. Its lyrics address subject matter such as depression, self-worthsocial networkingand domestic violence.
It also encompasses themes of sexuality, including BDSMsexual orientation and same-sex relationships. Due to its sexually explicit content, the album reinforced Jackson's public image as a sex symbol and as one of the most erotic vocalists of the s. Its incorporation of social issues regarding sexual orientation and combating homophobia also established her reputation as a gay icon o F F / GR†LLGR†LL* - Tear I Wont Ask received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music.
The album peaked within the top five positions of the majority of the global record charts it entered. In the United States, it became Jackson's fourth consecutive album to top the Billboard Of the six singles released from the project, " Got 'til It's Gone " won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video" Together Again " became one of the best-selling singles worldwide and " I Get Lonely " became Jackson's 18th consecutive top ten hit, making her the only female artist in the history of the US Billboard Hot singles chart to achieve that feat.
The Velvet Rope Tourin support of the album, drew critical acclaim for its theatricality, as well as controversy for its depictions of domestic violence and bondage. Jackson's first compilation album, Design of a Decade: —was released in It peaked at number three on the Billboard During her Janet World TourJackson experienced an emotional breakdownstemming from self-hatred, childhood humiliationself-harmand distorted body image. Very down. I couldn't get up sometimes.
There were times when I felt very hopeless and helpless, and I felt like walls were kind of closing in on me In self-analysis, Jackson uncovered vital details regarding her past, saying, "Certain things may happen, and you just dismiss them instead of stopping and saying, "Why am I feeling this way?
Why am I acting out in this way? But being a kid you're just so frightened I never talked about it, so it stayed with me all those years. I felt not deserving, not good enough But I would just be creating another problem in another area instead of just dealing with that pain". Jackson developed body dysmorphia as a response to My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope , stating, "I'd look in the mirror and hate myself.
I'd sit and cry. It was so hard for me to look at myself and find something that I liked. Not just physically, but something that was good in me". Especially going into a relationship like that very young I just don't care what happens. And at that point I didn't care if I got my brains beat out. I just went ahead and did it. My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope I got my ass kicked for it.
But I'm happy that I did it, or I don't think I would be here today". Her self-hatred accelerated into raging cycles of bulimia and anorexiarepressing the issue until questioned. You're too thin. You're losing weight and getting smaller, and I'd still say to myself I could afford to lose a little more". Jackson recounted, "we went to this very spiritual place in the desert That's where I met him, this cowboy. He's in his fifties, and he's full of wisdom. He's an older man who has experienced a great deal, and he used to be in the music industry, on a smaller scale.
He even understood that side of my life". I think every girl has wondered". Its initial stages began following her Janet World Tour, recording intermittently over two years.
There were times when she would not show up at the studio for five or six days in a row". She returned to the studio in Januaryembarking on a six-and-a-half month recording process. Singing these songs has meant digging up pain that I buried a long time ago. It's been hard and sometimes confusing, but I've had to do it. Angelina - Various - PCR Christmas Compilation 2014 (File) been burying pain my whole life.
It's like kicking dirt under the carpet. At some point there's so much dirt you start to choke. Well, I've been choking. My therapy came in writing these songs. Then I had to find the courage to sing them or else suffer the consequences — a permanent case of the blues.
The Velvet Rope consists of sixteen songs and seven interludes; experimenting with various genres and darker themes. We've all driven by premieres or nightclubs, and seen the rope separating those who can enter and those who can't. Well, there's also a velvet rope we have inside us, keeping others from knowing our feelings.
In The Velvet RopeI'm trying to expose and explore those feelings. I'm inviting you inside my velvet rope. I have a need to feel special, and so do you. We share a burning need to belong. During my life, I've been on both sides of the rope. At times, especially during my childhood, I felt left out and alone.
At times I felt misunderstood. Times when I ran into the backyard to confide in our dogs. Through them, I felt like I was talking to God. But no human heard those feelings expressed. They stay buried in my past.
But the truth has to come out, and, for me, the truth the takes the form of a My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope . Jackson described the release as her most personal work, developed throughout her entire lifetime. She explained, "I never looked deeply at the pain from my past, never tried to understand that pain and work it through. It was a journey I had avoided. But one I now had to face. At some point, everyone is on the wrong side of the velvet rope, excluded because of race, social status, age or some other division.
I found out who I really was If that can inspire people who hear this album to do the same, I'd rather have that than the biggest selling album in the world. The Colour My Time - Marcel Singor - Futureproof gained media attention for its explicit themes and exploration of homosexuality, suggested as a "queer-studies thesis.
I knew people would say I was gay, and I didn't care. The album's "most startling" song was considered "What About", in which Jackson violently confronts domestic abuse. People have said that to me. They say 'this is his song'," comparing the situation with her song "This Time" inaccurately related to O. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson due to its subject matter. Jackson's progression into advanced erotic content was criticized, though she defended her material.
Considine praised Jackson's focus on intercourse "as if it were simply a fact of life", noting her concern with "the emotional component of sex, rather than the act itself. In "Twisted Elegance", Jackson speaks over piano and white noise.
Its composition addressed the "emotional and sexual politics of relationships", restraints of depressionself-esteemdomestic violencehomosexualityAIDSand sadomasochism. I love the song the way it is, and it's reality for a lot of people.
In piano ballad "Special", Jackson speaks to her inner child, spreading the message that "pain is not permanent", but rather, transformed. Jackson said, "Getting back to that child, and giving the child what the child may have missed—the reassurance of a nourishing and accepting a love, a love that says you're special—is hard work. It can be scary but, like the song says, we have to deal with the My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope to live completely—and freely—in the present.
I want them to know that their inner-strength is stronger than the forces against them. The Velvet Rope was titled as a metaphor for the emotional barricade preventing others from revealing their innermost My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope in comparison to the velvet rope used at film premieres and award shows, prohibiting access from spectators.
The album's artwork was photographed by Ellen von Unwerthwith additional photos by Mario Testino. Jackson stated, "The She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult - Love we used on the My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope shows me just looking down, and that's what the album was about, looking inward". Upon its release, Jackson unveiled an edgier image, flaunting hennaed red hair and tattoos on her neck, wrist, foot, back, and lower thigh; also acquiring nipple, septum, and labia piercings.
She's an inspiration to a lot of people, and when they see something on My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope that helps her be strong, they want that strength as well". Prior to the album's release, Billboard reported that a large-scale marketing campaign had been organized to promote the album.
Nancy Berry, then-executive vice president of My Need - Janet* - The Velvet Rope Music Group Worldwide, stated that promotion for The Velvet Rope ' s release were the company's largest until then, and although the record company had planned to bring Jackson's new album to the highest number of consumers, they did not want the campaign to be too intrusive.
However, Virgin executives were still confident that lead single "Got 'til It's Gone" would be successful.
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